CAAS and THALES to Kick-Start Research and Development of an Open Air Traffic Management System Architecture

An Open Air Traffic Management (ATM) system architecture will be the cornerstone of Singapore’s future ATM system

- Madrid, Spain

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Thales have signed an agreement, to conduct research and development (R&D) for an Open ATM System architecture of the future. The agreement was signed by Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General, CAAS, and Alex Cresswell, Executive Vice President Land and Air Systems, on the sidelines of the World ATM Congress in Madrid. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the two organisations in February 2018 to cooperate on developing new concepts of operations for ATM as well as the next generation of ATM technologies.

Under the research collaboration agreement, CAAS and Thales will work together over the next 20 months to design and develop the Open ATM System architecture, which will present a shift in operational capabilities and robustness. An Open ATM System architecture is modular, scalable and supplier agnostic. It therefore enables greater flexibility and new ATM innovations to be integrated at an accelerated pace.

Most commercial ATM systems need to take into consideration the compatibility and complexity arising from the integration with third party ATM systems. An open architecture would provide more flexibility and ease for integration of the required modifications and changes in a multi-ATM suppliers or systems architecture.

Air traffic is anticipated to grow in complexity in the region, and this will place
unprecedented strain on Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs). ANSPs must be agile in
adapting to the ever changing landscape and plan ahead of the curve. We are pleased to
collaborate with Thales and be the first ANSP in the world to carry out such in-depth research
and development on an Open ATM System architecture, which will be a cornerstone ofCAAS
Singapore’s future ATM system. It will enable Singapore to respond at an accelerated pace to
the many changes in the aviation landscape. An Open ATM System architecture will also
benefit the ATM community and ANSPs who can tap on the R&D knowledge and architecture
to level up their ATM systems and innovate improvements,” said Mr Kevin Shum, Director-
General, CAAS.

Mr Alex Cresswell, Thales EVP for Land and Air Systems, added, “We will only be able
to manage the increasing complexity in Aviation by using digital technologies. CAAS and
Thales as pioneers in the digital aviation field collaborate for the air traffic management of the
future in Asia Pacific and we are proud to start research, with CAAS, on the feasibility of
transitioning the system to an open architecture.


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